The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allowed folks with special needs to travel by RV and fifth wheel trailers easier than ever before. Most fifth wheel trailers can be purchased with ADA specifications, or if you already own an RV, they can be modified for your specific needs. RVing is for those with or without physical disabilities, so get on the road today.
Do not leave town before solidifying a place to park fifth wheel trailers
There are many RV camp sites that have ADA accessibility for fifth wheel trailers. It is up to you, though to make sure you and your needs can be met. There are special spots for fifth wheel trailers that are handicap accessible on most RV grounds. Once you know the route you want to take and the new RV campground that you want to stay at, call and ask questions that complement your own needs.
1. Do the 5th wheel spots have wheelchair slabs for accessibility?
2. Do the spots for RVs have wheelchair ramps?
3. Make sure that the hookups available are easy to access for fifth wheel trailers.
4. Will I be able to access the RV facilities (office, bathroom, store) easily if I am disabled?
5. Do the onsite showers have a wheelchair accessible entrance?
6. Are the recreational facilities ADA friendly?
7. Will there be dedicated things to do for those with physical disabilities?
Be emergency prepared in your motorhome
1. You will want to keep the details of your medical needs and information organized and on hand in your recreational vehicle.
2. Make sure medical details are written clearly, just in case someone has to pass on the information to a health care agent.
3. You will want to include your personal, at-home doctor phone number and information. Keep a list on hand of all prescription drugs.
4. The prescription drug list should be as detailed as possible, name, description, time you take, etc.
Also keep a list of items that will be helpful to you if your identity is stolen. Items you should make copies of are Medicare card, identification card, credit card numbers. It is also important that this private information is kept locked up and safe.
Have you thought about a travel buddy with you in your Class A motorhome or 5th wheeler?
Sometimes it is pleasant to travel independently, but be extra careful if you have special needs. In some cases, it is better to travel with a buddy. This could be beneficial, so think about taking a friend or family member. You can also hire a specialized travel companion through dependable services.
Two organizations, Handicapped Travel Club, Inc. and the Travelin Talk Network, are both great ways to connect with other physically disabled travelers. You will make RVing friends along your route.